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Gwar frontman Dave Brockie reportedly dead at 50

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Sources including Blabbermouth and Style Weekly are reporting that GWAR founder and lead singer Dave Brockie, more popularly known as Oderus Urungus, has died at age 50.

According to the reports, roommates found Brockie's body at his home Sunday evening. Former GWAR bassist and Style Weekly writer Chris Bopst is quoted as saying "I wish it was a joke," and further tells the site that "Everyone is in shock."

Australia's TheMusic.com.au is also reporting that GWAR's management will be issuing a statement regarding the reports of Brockie's passing at approximately 1:00 p.m. EST on Sunday.

This will be the second death of a GWAR band member within the last three years. Former guitarist Cory Smoot, who played the character of Flattus Maximus for over ten years, was discovered dead on the band's tour bus on November 3, 2011. He was 34 years old.

In a January 2012 interview with Full Metal Jackie, Brockie was quoted as saying about Smoot's passing: "I think Cory's death is a big wake-up call for all of us. We all breathed a big sigh of relief when we found out it wasn't a drug overdose, to speak quite frankly. But then to think that he was 34 and died of a heart attack — it's really scary."

He added: "Everybody out there needs to take care of themselves, especially you guys who are playing in bands and starting to get up into your 40s and you're all sitting there just like me saying, 'Holy shit, this is still going on and I can keep doing this probably for the rest of my life?' Yeah, you can, but you have to take care of yourself. You really, really, really, really do. So I'm trying to quit smoking right now."

GWAR's most recent album album, "Battle Maximus", sold around 3,500 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 109 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD — the band's first full-length studio effort since the loss of Flattus Maximus — was issued on September 17, 2013 on Metal Blade Records.

GWAR's preceding release, 2010's "Bloody Pit Of Horror", opened with around 2,800 units — roughly half of the first-week tally registered by 2009's "Lust In Space", which premiered with 5,000 copies to land at No. 96.

GWAR is known for its heavy music, horror filled sets and monstrous outfits. Stay tuned for more details as they are released about this and other breaking music news stories.

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